Nut zones of Khakasia under threat
The violations were discovered by WWF experts in September-October 2019 during the independent expertise of sanitary cutting of forest in Tashtipsky region of the Republic of Khakasia.
The joint commission of experts of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Republic of Khakassia, local people and forest pathologists and Nikita Debkov, WWF expert, the Candidate of Agricultural Sciences, Senior Scientist in the Laboratory of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, searched the forest in Maturskoye forestry in Tashtipsky region of the Republic of Khakasia.
The forest area where the experts made expertise had been approved for sanitary clear cutting in 2008. According to forest pathologists’ research the forest had pests and forest diseases such as sawyer beetle larvae Monochamus urussovi). The forestry started sanitary cutting but the local people noticed that two of five forest areas had violations. For example, the healthy forest was harvested or the amount of harvest was too big.
“Talai-sug”, the community of indigenous people in Tashtipsky district of Khakasia requested WWF-Russia for help and assistance in July of 2019. The people reported on the mass cutting of cedar on the area of traditional resource use of the community.
For the last several years WWF-Russia has been implementing the independent expertise of sanitary clear cutting in Siberia within the framework of WWF- IKEA Partnership on Forests. In 2018 and 2019 WWF experts revealed the violations while implementing sanitary logging in Irkutsk region.
Local NGOs and people got the possibility to implement forest sanitation monitoring in 2016 when the Government of the Russian Federation approved the Decree of the Government of the Russian Federation No.1158 “On approval of the Provision on control over the accuracy of information on the sanitary and forest pathology condition of forests and feasibility of activities foreseen by forest pathology research protocols, approved by the state authority bodies of the constituent entities of the Russian Federation, exercising the forest relations regulation power given by the Russian Federation” dated 12.11.2016.
Сегодня три из пяти обследованных участков леса в Таштыпском районе еще не пройдены рубкой. Минприроды Республики Хакасия остановило рубки на этих участках до окончания разбирательства. В октябре в Республике Хакасия запланировано проведение встречи сторон конфликта. Результаты экспертизы WWF доказывают нарушения, допущенные во время санитарных рубок, и лягут в основу принятия финального решения.